Alan served 13 years in 23 Pioneer Regiment, serving across the UK & abroad. He carried out a number of tours & postings including Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Germany and Kenya. Alan left the Army in 2003 with an honourable discharge for exemplary conduct.

Since leaving the Military, Alan suffered with poor mental health and anxiety. This resulted in him becoming socially isolated, rarely leaving his home and unable to find employment. Combat Stress referred to Alan to Forward Assist in 2015.

Alan initially received 1-2-1 support from our caseworkers to build confidence before getting involved with our Cook2Give project. He has also engaged with Forward Assists' Art Therapy projects such as, Pottery and Ceramics, Glass making, Equine Therapy , Cycling  and a host of Outdoor Adventure Activities.

As a result, Alan’s confidence improved so much that he became a volunteer with Forward Assist. He proved to be a very reliable member of the team and was taken on as an employed member of the charity working as a Coffee Barista in Salute Café and mobile Coffee Truck. 

‘Forward Assist helped me become the person I was before I left the Army. I have gained many new friends since volunteering with them as well as many different skills. I am now looking forward to succeeding in my new employment role and getting out in the Salute Coffee Truck in 2018.'